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Requiem for Steam: The Railroad Photographs of David Plowden


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Publisher Comments:

As a child, David Plowden was given a box camera, and before long he began to photograph railroad trains. As he matured and started on what would become a lifetime in photography, trains--specifically steam locomotives--became one of his passions, and then they were eclipsed by modern diesel locomotives. It is our good fortune that Plowden was on the scene at the end, documenting what would become this book, his reverent tribute to the steam era.

Book News Annotation:

Plowden is an apt disciple of Minor White, O.Winston Link. While this might seem, as it is, an essential addition to any railroad photo collection, we recommend it to every serious general photography library. He is a master of the truly artistic mode--black and white. B&W is especially suited to steam locomotives: massive dark machines topped by huge white clouds of exhaust. Plowden worships those engines but gives suitable homage as well to the men that operated and maintained them. For a more thorough (and enthusiastic) appeciation of this splendid work see Trains magazine online [November 2010]. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


Stunning photographs by a master photographer documenting the last of the steam locomotives.

About the Author

David Plowden is the author of more than twenty photography books, including Bridges: The Spans of North America, Vanishing Point: Fifty Years of Photography, and Requiem for Steam. He lives in Winnetka, Illinois.

Product Details

Plowden, David
W. W. Norton & Company
Railroads - Pictorial
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
140 tritone photos
10.75 x 11.5 x 1 in

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